Then in a later printing, they added an explanation of what they wanted purchasers to think it represented.
The issue of distant starlight goes something like “since we see light from stars that are millions of light years away, then it took millions of years for the light to reach us, therefore the universe is millions of years old”.
This line of reasoning is based on a not just observations, but also a large number of presumptions – some of which are incorrect…
The speed of light being constant – false, observations indicate that it was faster in the past. Experiments have also been conducted that have slowed and/or bent light.
Time is rigid – false, rate of passage of time is impacted by gravity and the speed at which an object is traveling
Uniformitarianism – assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.
Naturalism – assumption that nature is “all there is” and everything can be explained using natural laws. Being that there are supernatural, spiritual, and multi-dimensional components to reality, then we can expect existence of phenomena that defies our ability to explain based on our current understanding of natural laws.
The question to ask concerning assumptions is: “How do you know?” How do you know that light has always traveled at the same rate? How do you know that the decay rate of a particular radioactive material has always been the same? How do you know there is nothing beyond the natural laws?
The fact of the matter is that even “big bang” supporters have a distant starlight time-travel problem of its own and there is yet a satisfactory model to explain observations.
Gen 1:14-19 – And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Ps 104:2 – Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain (Isaiah 40:22; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 45:12; Jeremiah 10:12; Jeremiah 32:17; Jeremiah 51:15)
Light-travel time: a problem for the big bang
‘Ripples’ of galaxies—another blow to the big bang
Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?
Distant Starlight—The Anisotropic Synchrony Convention
Distant starlight and Genesis: conventions of time measurement
Distant Starlight and the Big Bang
Starlight and the Age of the Universe
Distant Starlight and the Age of the Earth
Beast World Government and Spiritual Cabinet of 12
There will thus be the Spiritual Cabinet of twelve whose rightful head would be none other than “Christ” himself. . . .
He whom the Christians know as Christ, the Jews know as Messiah, and the Orient knows as Maitreya, Islam knows as the Mahdi or 12th Imam, may eventually be recognized as one and the same Being.
In this way could a “World Religion” develop quite naturally, and in harmony with a World Government.
Rev 13:16 KJB – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Compare the other translations at this link:
Rev 13:16 ESV – Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
You will find most all of the modern translation say the the mark will be “ON” the right hand and forehead.
One possibility to consider is that the mark may not be some form of tattoo, barcode, or device placed ON the hand or forehead. Could these modern, new-age, one-world so-called bibles be preparing people for a mark that would instead be IN their hand or forehead?
Since they are expecting something to be “on” their hand or forehead, would they be willing to accept an implanted device, injected serum, or something that changes DNA?